Back in March, numbers reported that companies using video interviews to hire spiked by 67% due to coronavirus concerns. This isn’t surprising, as many people choose to stay home, interviews are continuing to take place in the job marketplace. With more people staying home and working remote, video interviewing is on the rise with no signs of stopping. Check out our blog on Tips for a Successful Video Interview to get started.
Here’s your go-to video interview checklist – full of last-minute reminders to set you up for success:
Be prompt. An interviewer will give you major points just for showing up on time and being prepared. This already shows your dedication, professionalism, and organizational skills. It’s helpful to show up to your phone or computer at least 10 minutes before the scheduled call. This ensures you have time to troubleshoot any connection issues.
No distractions. Ensure that you will be in a space far from distractions. Block out time to stay away from potential interruptions and let others you live with know your plan. Life happens, but to have peace of mind, plan for this interview ahead of time.
Be well-prepared. Take advantage of being at home. It helps to have your resume and a copy of the job description in front of you, so you and your interviewer are on the same page. You may even want to write out some key talking points about your previous experiences to keep them top-of-mind when being asked questions.
Be yourself. This sounds cliché, but remind yourself that these video interviews are just like any other phone call with your recruiter. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to be in a perfect state because you’ll be on camera. Do what makes you feel most confident; the interviewer wants to get to know you for you.
Remember to show appreciation. Just as you would with an in-person interview, thank the interviewer for the opportunity. Even though you’re speaking through a lens, the interviewer still took time out of their day for you. Plus, even if the position doesn’t work out, you never know what opportunity a new connection can bring you.
Video interviews may feel like uncharted territory now, but it’s important to remember that we are all navigating this new technology together. Video interviewing is not meant to heighten the stakes of an interview, they are simply meant to bridge that virtual gap and connect you on a deeper level with your interviewer.